TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students from Canyon del Oro High School wanted to do something to reach out and show their support. They voted to create and send Ben's Bells Kindness Coins to every student and faculty member at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (approximately 3,300 coins).
What better way to spread kindness from Tucson to Parkland than through Ben's Bells?
The students painted the coins and have handwritten the names of every student who has been killed in a school shooting since Columbine on the tags, as well as their former elementary school classmate, Christina Taylor Green, who was the youngest victim of the January 8 shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's "Congress on Your Corner" event.
When the founder of Ben's Bells, Jeannette Maré, heard about the project, she wanted to personally thank the students for their act of kindness. She stopped by the school earlier this week to express her appreciation and support.
"…When I heard that you guys really talked about this and thought about it and decided to do this specific act, of course I was completely overwhelmed. I have told so many people about you, because you are demonstrating exactly what we're talking about. You're doing it! You're thinking about kindness, you're wondering how you can help, you're trying to figure out how to help, and then you're doing it. You're putting it into action. I just have to tell you, that makes me really, really inspired…for the world, for all of us, because you all are demonstrating that you believe in kindness and understand the power of it."
With the support of their teacher, Mrs. Tori Mattia, the students are raising money to pay for the supplies from Ben's Bells and the shipping costs to send the coins to Parkland. Anyone who would like to support the cause can make a donation at: https://www.gofundme.com/bens-bells-stoneman-douglas